A tooth needs a root canal (endodontic treatment) after irreversible dental pulp damage due to dental caries or trauma. The aim of a root canal treatment is to create an environment inside the tooth where the disease can be cured: the tooth will stay symptom free and will be preserved for years. Therefore, all existing root canals must be found and cleaned. The main cause of endodontic failure is remaining bacteria in the tooth. Only the biggest root canals can be seen with the naked eye, but a tooth often has small accessory canals. These canals can be found with a microscope.
In addition to finding accessory canals, a microscope can offer great assistance in the following cases:
- Teeth with difficult accessibility
- Difficulty with finding root canal orifices
- Broken instruments or screws in root canals
- Root-end resections
Maxilla Hambakliinik has a Carl Zeissi microscope which helps us to solve more complicated cases. During the microscopic treatment, the patient sits in the dental chair and the dentist looks into the tooth with surgical microscopic optics. The object under observation is illuminated up to 24 times for the dentist during microscopic treatment.